remarkable woman I’ve met through her Web site and podcasts, is about to publish a book. I’m sharing the information with you in hopes that you will visit her site and perhaps write about her. So, meet Glenda.
I am coming from the perspective of 25+ years dealing with people that have disabilities. Glenda’s writing is representative of how many of them, from my experiences, look at the issues of disability.
Glenda’s book will not be another poor pitiful crippled child pulls herself up by the bootstraps and achieves yawner. Yes, she has achieved a lot, and she does share the stories. However, that’s not the focus I’m taking from her book. Glenda will share the reality of living in a world that doesn’t have a very healthy respect for people with disabilities. She will help us understand the barriers we create and also provide insights for how we can break down those barriers. Glenda’s story, I believe, will frame this all in rational and understandable terms for all those unfamiliar with a life impacted by a disability to better understand.
I’m not discounting that there is some great information out there about people with disabilities. TLC has been airing some great programs, for instance. Woman with Half a Body aired this weekend. Paralyzed and Pregnant is airing this week, too. But, there are other stories of strong women dealing with disabilities, too. Glenda is one. I believe she deserves to be read.
Here are the details on Glenda’s book:
I’ll Do It Myself: A Collection of Memories from a Woman Living
with Cerebral Palsy
by Glenda Watson Hyatt
Glenda has cerebral palsy. A lack of oxygen at birth meant she would not be able to walk, her hands would not function well and her speech would be almost impossible to understand. Her parents were advised to institutionalize her. She wouldn’t amount to anything, the experts said.
Yet, this gutsy redhead proved them wrong. Glenda was integrated into a regular classroom long before mainstream was a buzzword. She went on to earn the Canada Cord, the highest award in Girl Guides, and the Outstanding Junior Student Award. The girl who could not walk won a gold medal in horseback riding!
How did she do it? Read Glenda’s inspiring autobiography I’ll Do It Myself: A Collection of Memories from a Woman Living with Cerebral Palsy, due out later this year. Glenda intimately shares her life story to show others cerebral palsy is not a death sentence, but rather a life sentence.
Visit www.BooksbyGlenda.com for more information and to sign up to receive book excerpts monthly and pre-launch specials. (Glenda has a blog, too.)
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